Users and social science research: policy, problems and possibilities

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Title: Users and social science research: policy, problems and possibilities
Author: Rappert, Brian
Citation: 2(3)
Publisher: Sociological Research Online
Journal: Sociological Research Online
Date Issued: 1997-09-30
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10036/33793
Links: http://www.socresonline.org.uk/2/3/10.html
Abstract: Recent times have seen a significant reorientation in public funding for academic research across many countries. Public bodies in the UK have been at the forefront of such activities, typically justified in terms of a need to meet the challenges of international competitiveness and improve quality of life. One set of mechanisms advanced for further achieving these goals is the incorporation of users' needs into various aspects of the research process. This paper examines some of the consequences of greater user involvement in the UK Economic and Social Research Council by drawing on both empirical evidence and more speculative argumentation. In doing so it poses some of the dilemmas for conceptualizing proper user involvement.
Type: Article
Description: Permission to archive article granted by the publisher, but full text is available from the journal website only.
Keywords: social science researchfundingresearch fundingresearch governanceESRCEconomic and Social Research Councilresearch relevanceresearch policy
ISSN: 1360-7804


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